Russian Abakumova lands women`s javelin title

Daegu: Russia`s Maria Abakumova upstaged world record holder Barbora Spotakova to win the women`s javelin title at the world championships on Friday.

Abakumova took gold with a championships record of 71.99 meters, the second-longest throw of all time. Czech Spotakova launched a season`s best 71.58 for the silver medal while South Africa`s Sunette Viljoen took the bronze with 68.38.

It was the first time two women had thrown over 71 meters in the same competition.

Abakumova was delighted to have triumphed in a titanic struggle at the Daegu Stadium and said at one point she feared injury might have kept her from even flying to South Korea.

"I was in a bad position before the championships. I was even thinking whether to fly to Daegu," she said.

"Almost for a month I had problems with my leg -- I could hardly walk. I was really afraid what will happen in the competition."

Spotakova, coached by men`s great Jan Zelezny, was proud to have been part of one of the best javelin competitions at a world championship.

"How can I describe this competition -- it was just crazy and amazing, there are not many competitions like this in athletics history," she said.

"To be honest, for a few moments I was a bit afraid for my world record. But my coach, Jan Zelezny thinks that I am still able to throw even further."

Christina Obergfoll of Germany once again failed to live up to her top billing and managed just 65.24 to finish in fourth place.

Bureau Report

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